By Alexander C. Kaufman
LOS ANGELES — Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star “Ted” will be presenters at the Oscars, the telecast producers announced Friday morning.
The duo, stars in Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s comedy about a man trying to turn his immature, hedonistic lifestyle around for a woman he is dating. His indulgent teddy bear, the eponymous Ted, proves to be an obstacle in that transformation.
The film is now the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
“We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the show’s producers, said in a statement. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.”
Wahlberg has twice been nominated for Academy Awards, in 2006 for his supporting role in “The Departed,” and in 2010 as a producer of the Best Picture nominee “The Fighter.”
Wahlberg and the MacFarlane-voiced Ted share the stage with a star-studded list of Oscar performers, including singers Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand. The Oscars will be broadcast on February 24 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” Ted said in the statement. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’”
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